(CNN) – A key player in negotiations over potential gun control legislation said on Tuesday a planned GOP filibuster of the bill won’t occur if Democrats allow Republicans to bring amendments up for a vote.
Sen. Tom Coburn, speaking on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront,” said a filibuster that’s been promised by more than a dozen fellow Republicans would prevent Americans from seeing where their elected officials stand on the issue.
“It’s not going to be filibustered,” Coburn said, adding that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to offer "an open amendment process" in order for Republicans to agree to allow a vote.
"We ought to have this debate. America needs to know where we stand," Coburn continued, adding “That’s what the Senate should be about."
The Oklahoma Republican, who enjoys a top or “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, was among a bipartisan group of senators working behind the scenes on legislation aimed at expanding background checks on gun sales.
Efforts in Washington to craft some type of gun-control legislation was prompted by December’s school massacre in Connecticut.
The talks hit a snag, however, on the issue of record-keeping – Coburn vehemently opposes any attempt by the federal government to retain information on gun owners.
“The government doesn’t have a right under the Constitution to know whether I bought a gun or not,” Coburn said Tuesday.
While some reports have claimed Coburn walked away from background check negotiations, he denied leaving the bargaining table.
“I didn’t back away from any negotiations,” he said. “Chuck Schumer quit talking to me,” he said of the New York Democrat.
“I’ve had a position that’s been the same all along. I’m willing to do what it takes to actually make a difference to make sure we don’t put guns in the hands in the people who shouldn’t have it. How we do that is important. Where Chuck and I differed is how we did that,” Coburn said.